Sunday, July 18, 2010

Homeward Bound

Packing up. Trying to stuff purchases and gifts into the odd corner. Tea at Betty's. Soft rain, lots of lush greenery, trees thick and green grass, dotted with sheep, crisscrossed by stone walls. I will have to store up these images as I head for the hot dry West.

I finished knitting the Composed Mitts I talked about here and here, using some spindle spun and some wheel spun wools, wool blends, and angora:

composed mitts

They were fussy to knit while traveling, having to change color so often, and weave in so many ends. I changed the pattern a bit to lessen the fussiness....and then I traded them away, to Margaret for hers:

margaret's mitts

There are also Gifts:
kumihimo stand

Sarah's pin

tapestry book

Maggie's book

hazel's art card

Some of which pack in neat little corners, others of which will take up a bit more space:

Freyalyn's shawl

Technically speaking this is not a gift, but also a trade: I owe Freyalyn a woven shawl. She spun, dyed and knit this for me (we'd agreed to the trade months ago), but I have yet to fulfill my part of the bargain......I photographed her knitting on top of my woven shawl: did she not get the colors just right?!

There is also new yarn to pack, and some samples:
yarn samples

I've bought a few skeins to sample with for next year's knotted pile class in Edinburgh. It was useful to come to the UK to find out what could and could not be purchased here. People who sign up for next summer's class will get an updated materials list of yarns available to themn here.... very useful.

But before all that happens, I have to stuff everything into bags and jet home.

Soon now.


Blogger Loree Jackson said...

Really nice gift choices. Is that a chocolate lady bug I see?

8:49 AM  
Blogger woolydaisy said...

the description of where you at sound simply marvelous-oh i wish i was there in the soft rain, the green stuff and the dotting sheep-i can dream-someday. how was the tea? any good tea? did you try yorkshire gold-yum:) have a safe journey westward.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Is that a DIS-ASSEMBLABLE maru dai? Brilliant!

Thanks for the accommodation tip, BTW. I'm sort of sorted now but still miffed.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Marcy said...

Woh. Freyalyn strikes again. What a beautiful translation of your art into her art!

Next time you go, could you stuff me into your bag so I can go, too?

5:53 AM  

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